2019 Essex Champs: MEDALS and PBs GALORE

Day 1

On a very mixed day in terms of the weather (sunshine and heavy showers), WGEL's athletes took part in the annual Championships at Chelmsford. U17 Nicole Alves qualified for the 300m in the 1st heat with: 41.39s PB and then improved that in the final coming 1st for gold in a PB of: 41.09s. There was a trio of boys taking part in the U/15 Boys 1500m: Sid Cody: 5m 14.13s PB and 15th, Reuben Fabian: 4m 43.19s PB and 9th, whilst Jacob Hardy finished with bronze in a PB of: 4m 31.79s. The U/15 girls 1500m had Kezia Beeton: 5m 10.38s PB and 9th, whilst Larna Morgan recorded a PB with: 5m 12.73s. Zahara Malcolm ran the 300m claiming 3rd in the 2nd heat with: 43.12s and then went on to compete in the final, which was a very tough race, coming 4th.

The 100m see a plethora of athletes take to the stage. The U/15 Girls was led by Shona Vincent, 2nd in her heat with: 12.75s, then 2nd in the 2nd semi-final with a PB of 12.56s and then finished with bronze in the final with: 12.6s. The U/17 men boasted 5 athletes with PBs for most: Tolani Alaba: 10.82s and 1st in 2nd heat (PB), Medwin Odamtten: 11.20s and 2nd in 1st heat (PB), Moyin Odeniran: 11.46s 5th in 2nd heat, Merveilles Massembo: 11.2s (PB), 2nd in heat 3 and Aiden Fernando: 11.31s (PB), 5th in 3rd heat. Tolani and Merveilles progressed to the final where Tolani finished 4th in: 11.09s and Merveille finished: 11.45s in 7th. Isabelle Kyson in the U/13 girls: 2nd in 1st heat: 14.41s (PB) which qualified her for the final where she came 8th in a hard race with: 14.53s. In the U/13 boys Jean-Marc Harriott came 5th in the 1st heat with a PB of: 14.12s. Kaidan Chambers in the U/15 boys ran: 12.11s to come 2nd in the 1st heat, whilst Mary John U/17 girls set a PB with a time of: 12.74s and 3rd in the 1st heat.

Over the longer distances Thomas Adolphus ran the 800m in the U/17 men's event: 2m 03.59s (PB) finishing 5th to qualify for the final where he was up against some stiff competition and finished 8th. U/13 boy Gregor Samson ran a time of: 2m 35.48s, whilst in the u/13 girls a quartet of athletes ran with the star of the show: Abigail Reid who led from start to finish with a gold medal time of: 2m 25.79s (PB). Isabelle Kyson, fresh from her 100m experience, ran a PB, with: 2m 39.2s for 9th, Emily Caton: 2m 40.78s (PB) and Emily Millward: 2m 45.65s. Louise Gilbert, getting back into the swing of things following a long lay-off due to injury, claimed silver with: 2m 24.94s. The only other track athlete was Samanta Bendaraviciute in the u/20 womens 400m, finishing with: 1m 05.52s and 4th.

In the field events, this was dominated by the hammer. Luke Finch u/15 boys claimed bronze with: 34m 98cm, and Kai Wright threw in the u/17 men. The girls were also on top form: Gbemi Majekodunmi threw: 32m 90cm for silver, and Andreaa Golban u/20 women took gold with a PB of 45m 65cm, while to finish off Simbi Sikiru recorded a massive PB with a distance of: 51m 86cm. Lastly, Denesha Rocastle doubled up in the long jump and triple jump and claimed gold in the triple jump with: 10m 86cm.

Denesha Rocastle Essex Champs 2019

Denesha Rocastle: won the U20 triple jump

Day 2

On a much more pleasant day, with the sunshine on the athletes' backs, Rhys Edwards kicked it off with a fine performance in the U/17 mens 2000m S/C with a massive PB of: 6m 51.28s to take silver. Zahara Malcolm returned for a 2nd day with a solid performance in the u/15 girls 800m: 2nd in the 1st heat in: 2m 21.95s and then claimed gold with: 2m 21.11s.

Zahara Malcolm Essex 800m gold

Zahara Malcolm: U15 800m champion

Another athlete back for a second day was Reuben Fabian, who ran the 800m in: 2m 18.18s (PB) which was 3rd in heat 1 and good enough for the final where he finished 5th in: 2m 17.39s and further improvement on his PB. Sidnie Ward was also cool and calm in his heat of the u/17 men 800m with: 2m 08.78s and then unlucky to miss out on gold with a good silver in: 1m 59.55s. Abigail Reid was simply stunning again this time in the 1500m and won at a canter with a superb gold in 4m 56.93s with Molly Wain in 10th with 6m 05.60s.

Abigail Reid Essex Champs 2019

Abigail Reid took the U13 1500m title in fine style

Louise Gilbert was back for more in the middle distance double as well with a time of: 4m 57.19s in the u/20 women's 1500m. Two u/15 boys ran the 3000m and Jacob Hardy claimed silver with: 9m 41.51s, whilst Jimmy Geller claimed bronze: 9m 43.45s.

Jacob Hardy and Jimmy Geller Essex 3000m

Jacob Hardy and Jimmy Geller after their 3000m

In the sprints Isabelle Kyson liked the 100m so much she went for the sprint double and ran: 29.41s for 3rd in her heat (PB) and then came 7th in the final with: 29.7s. Shona Vincent, in the u/15 girls, looked at ease in what seems to be her preferred event, the 200m: 1st in 1st heat with: 26.03s and a silver in the final with a PB of: 25.82s. Tolani Alaba ran the 200m in a highly competitive field. He came 2nd in the 3rd heat with: 22.48s and then came 4th, narrowly missing a medal in the final, with: 22.43s. Aidan Fernando ran the same event in the heat with: 22.71s which was 2nd in the 2nd heat, and he also qualified for the final but unfortunately was unable to make it due to other family commitments. There were only a couple of field athletes but they they did well. Samuel Oshodi did the long jump in the u/17 men and jumped: 5m 85cm for 8th, whilst u/15 girl Millie Webster recorded a PB in the javelin with: 28m 96cm which won her the silver medal.